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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Monday, October 8, 2012 at 07:20:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 07:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 04' South, Longitude: 66° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.34 meters/second, 1660.8 km/hour, 1032.0 miles/hour or 896.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.20 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.20 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.3"1031.95 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.93 mi
24 hours0° 04' 06.6"4.71 miwest0° 22' 48.2"26.12 misouth26.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 07:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 42' North, Longitude: 21° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.29 meters/second, 1531.1 km/hour, 951.4 miles/hour or 826.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.86 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 misouth15.86 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.6"951.08 miwest0° 05' 13.1"5.98 misouth951.34 mi
24 hours11° 37' 27.1"761.77 mieast2° 30' 07.6"172.07 misouth786.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaMon 1:20 PM629 km391 miles339 nmEast-southeast ESE
Addu CityMon 12:20 PM916 km569 miles495 nmNortheast NE
VictoriaMon 11:20 AM1276 km793 miles689 nmWest W
MaleMon 12:20 PM1352 km840 miles730 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port LouisMon 11:20 AM1860 km1156 miles1004 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ThiruvananthapuramMon 12:50 PM1962 km1219 miles1059 nmNortheast NE
ColomboMon 12:50 PM2036 km1265 miles1099 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteMon 12:50 PM2038 km1266 miles1100 nmNortheast NE
Saint-DenisMon 11:20 AM2050 km1274 miles1107 nmSouthwest SW
MaduraiMon 12:50 PM2163 km1344 miles1168 nmNortheast NE
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